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jets is -- this is not a joke, moby dick airways. joining me now, alex wagner, nbc analyst and reporter for the huffington post. alex, you're the only last word guest who could follow moby dick airlines. >> it's quite a lead-in, lawrence. >> just go with it. when i say we talked to the owner of moby dick airlines, of course, i mean the staff of the last word today, and we find out he bought the company in 2006, has no idea why it was named moby dick airlines. he should maybe tonight be thinking something more jet-like. >> yeah, there are a lot of question marks over the gingrich campaign at this point, and moby dick airlines, i think, is high up there if not in the top five. i think overall if we're talking about programs and found raysing prowess, one of the most telling things is that only one in five of the top republican donors who gave to the mccain campaign in 2008 gave to this current cycle of gop fundraising. we've said it before, i'm sure it will be settled again, it's a hugely unsettled field. for someone like mitt romney, predicated on the notion that he can make it rain, the
of the company gingrich uses for renting private jets is -- this is not a joke -- moby dick airways. joining me now is alex wagner, msnbc analyst and social impact reporter for the huffington post. alex, you're the only "last word" guest who could follow moby dick airlines. just go with it. when i saw we talked to the owner of moby dick airlines, of course i mean the staff of "the last word" today and we find out he bought the company in 2006. has no idea why it was named moby dick airlines. he should maybe tonight be thinking of something more jet-like. >> yeah. there are a lot of question marks over the gingrich campaign at this point, and moby dick airlines i think is high up there, if not in the top five. i think overall if we're talking about republicans and fund-raising prowess, one of the most telling metrics revealed today was that only one in five of the top republican donors who gave to the mccain campaign in 2008 gave to this current cycle of gop fund-raising. we said it before and it's been said again. it's a hugely unsettled field. for someone like mitt romney who is predicated on
jet travel, like the $400,000 he presently owes moby dick airways. (laughter) what a shame that this debt to member bidick may cripple newt's campaign. he has pursued the presidency for years, hunted it with a single-minded devotion. it's like the presidency is his... his... i'm blanking here. jimmy, help me out with an appropriate image. no, no, no. (laughter) something else. white whale! (applause) well, with money tight, newt will have to abandon moby dick airways and start traveling on metaphorical unobtainable goals butline. (laughter) so clearly we need another guy to be the guy. fortunately, the republican presidential field is an embarrassment of rich riches. (laughter) in fact, the first two words that come to mind are "embarrass." and "rich." (laughter) but i am intrigued by one candidate who hasn't declared yet. texas governor and future josh brolin role rick perry. and i am not the only one who is sporting a texas long horn. >> the new infatuation is rick perry, governor of texas. i'm very interested in rick perry. >> who's your dream candidate to get into the r
of newt debt stems from his frequent private jet travel, like the $400,000 he presently owes moby dick airways. (laughter) at
will have to abandon moby dick airways and start traveling on metaphorical unobtainable goals butline. (laughter) so clearly we need another guy to be the guy. fortunately, the republican presidential field is an embarrassment of rich riches. (laughter) in fact, the first two words that come to mind are "embarrass." and "rich." (laughter) but i am intrigued by one candidate who hasn't declared yet. texas governor and future josh brolin role rick perry. and i am not the only one who is sporting a texas long horn. >> the new infatuation is rick perry, governor of texas. i'm very interested in rick perry. >> who's your dream candidate to get into the race? >> i would love for rick perry to get into it. >> this man needs to be president. >> stephen: (as last speaker) i complete... ahem. i completely agree. this man needs to be president. we haven't had a texas governor in the white house for almost three years! think of all the uncleared brush we've built up! (laughter) and, folks, perry may be going for it because on august 6 he is holding a rally called "the response." >> this is govern
of the total is owed to -- wait for this -- moby dick airways a private plane company that does a lot of of work for republicans. so is this the white whale that is going to finally sink newt's campaign? more about this from michelle coddle from the daily beast. >> well, we know running for president is expensive, but for a guy preaching fiscal conservativism is not what you preach, and is newt aware he is running for president? >> well, what you have to remember here, ezra, is that newt's presidential campaign is all about the kind of self-aggrandizement of newt, and in order to maintain the lifestyle, certain things have to be done and if he has to spend half a million on private planes, so beit. >> there is a lifestyle to which newt has become accustomed and the presidential funders will have to help him out, and also they point to a $8,400 disbersment to gingrich productions which has calista gingrich as a domain name. i have registered the domain names, and they are $20 and not that much, so any idea what he is actually paying for, because that looks kind of bad? >> well, at that
because there was so many great novels written during that era, the scarlett letter, moby dick, walt whitman, but they delight me on a different kind of level. they also move me very, very much i think because they make me think intellectually and philosophically and so forth. people need -- the populis needs emotion, to display it. there's advertising companies that came along in the 1830s -- 1930s that said we have to appropriate the methods of uncle tom's cob bin to sell our products. why? because we have to sway the emotions. you can even see in tv how as try, maybe they don't always succeed for you or for me, but they try to sway the emotion in some way. whatever emotion it may be. it may be sentimental or it may be exciting emotion or something like that, and she has every kind of emotion in there. she was really the first novelist to bring together both, more sentimental, religious emotions with the action adventure, the thrills, and she was the first novelist to successfully bring those two things together, which is why her novel was so popular for so long and still resinates
. perhaps you're too young. not you're too young, but a lot of books like moby dick, no, you probably don't get it until later. i think there is value in reading the classics. [applause] i think -- is. >> oh, yeah, absolutely. >> i think part of the problem is that we all want the next thing that's new and shiny, and be so we are forgetting about history, and we want, you know, whatever, you know, we want to read the twilight series in high school. and i think there's been a loss of a focus on good writing and good structure and good literature as opposed to what's entertaining and fun. because sometimes they're not the same thing. [applause] >> also i think for me at least the love of reading came from my parents. my mother used to collect a lot of paperback books, they were in the house all the time. i didn't learn to love to read from school, i learned from home. and my kids have learned to love to read because we read to them. i think that's where you get your love for reading. [applause] >> and the debase about curriculum in colleges is going on still. it's very difficult to figure o
's easy to belittle, man catches fish, gets to be truthful. that's the plot of moby dick as well. you just have to be a little bit more sympathetic to the author's projects. >> linda miller? >> well, there's several things i could respond to that but i'll pick out just a couple pithy points. the first, i think, we have to remember hemingway was an experter and people tend to box him into a hemingway style. well, what is that hemingway style? he tried to do a lot of different things throughout his career and people didn't always warm to what he did because they were expecting something else. but the second thing, i think, the point about hemingway's female characters, that's kind of a stereotype and i really question and i might question o'rourke how much he's really read of hemingway. people tend to read the stereotype of hemingway as this machismo womanizer. but actually his female characters in many of his works, and particularly his early short stories are marvelous characters, they're complicated -- >> let me interrupt you trying to learn more about society at the time. were his depict
fish," well that's the plot of moby dick, as well. you have to be more sympathetic to the author's project than that. >> linda miller? >> well, there are several things i could respond to, but i will pick a couple of plithy points. i think we have to remember that hemmingway was an experimenter. people want to box him into a hemmingway style. what is that style? he tried a lot of different things throughout his career and people didn't always warm to what he did because they were expecting something else. the second point, about his female characters, that's a stereotype and i might question him how much he's really read of hemmingway. people tend to read the stereotype of hemmingway as this womanizer. but actually, his female characters in many of his works, and particularly his early short stories, marvelous characters and complicated. >> let me interrupt you, because again, trying to learn more about society at the time, how were his depiction of females in his book compared to women liveingin america at the time? >> i think if you look at "the sun also rises," it's a good exa
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